Is there really that much Pearl hate ???I have 3 Pearl kits in my arsenal(2 MLX and an early Session), a Masters Studio snare which really kills, and various Free Floater snares including the original run around '87 or so, steel shelled. I had an Export back in the 90s for a hot second.
I have, and actually like, the ISS mounts. They're not my favorite, but they don't bug me.
Guess I didn't realize there was so much Pearl hate here. My first real bass drum pedal back in the 70s was a Pearl(yes, Peter Criss influence) and yep, it's still on my practice kit.
I had one weird experience with Pearl, when I ordered the Masters Studio snare in '96 or so.
I have no affiliation with any companies. But, the ones who have done right by me(Yamaha, Sabian), get repeat business from me.
What's your Paiste setup? I also have a Masterworks kit with a ton of Paiste's.Here's my Masterworks kit in Waterfall Bubinga kit on a DrumFrame. The drums are 12ply maple with inner mahogany. You would be hard pressed to find a better sounding set of drums. The bass drums are THE best 22" I've ever played. The drums are gorgeous. Pearl makes great drums.
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Hate is awfully strong word, so maybe I misspoke, but there has been more than just a spot of Pearl-bashing in this thread.Is there really that much Pearl hate ???
Can a person say something they don’t care for about a brand and not get labeled with “ hate “ ????
Or just in general, geeez !!
Hey JY, you're only the second PDF member I've seen on here besides Dale. Still counting the days until it's back online, which I know will probably be never...I’ve owned 4 Pearl kits and will always play Pearl but… I agree that the tom mounting system/tom arms are awful.
I’ve only had Pearl kits. My first was an Export I spent a summer/fall mowing lawns for, for my Xmas gift. It was $800 in 1990…
Even the snare?I bought brand new pearl cymbal stands mid 70's they all had the white plastic sleeve inserts so no metal to metal contact of the tubes. Absolutely brilliant and innovative. the plating was flawless still look great today. That was my first introduction to the Brand. I was a Ludwig guy.
Fast forward half a centry later, I found an '84 Import kit on the side of the road. The full kit, hardware , cymbals the whole enchilada. I was pretty stoked about it!
Well cared for looked like they never left the house still had all the original heads.
have them cleaned up, reheaded except for the bass reso, its too cool to swap that thing out!
Like many have said, the hardware is absolutely bulletproof. the drums are 8 ply and solid as a rock, I mean you wack the toms with a good overhead rimshot and they don't budge.
After spending some time with new heads, breaking them in and fine tuning they play and sound darn good. I've had Gretsch Rogers Slingerland Ludwig Sonor Premier just to name a few so I've got a good bench mark for quality drum sound. These things do Rock very well.
Just for fun I've thought about re doing the edges to perfection, They're not too bad but could certainly be better and I can imagine the overall tone would be improved. It's still amazing how evenly and clean they tune up.
So anyway I like 'em enough they're going to my next gig in Oct!
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Love their snares.
Yeah, the PDF is mort. Never to return.Hey JY, you're only the second PDF member I've seen on here besides Dale. Still counting the days until it's back online, which I know will probably be never...